Dana Corporation Participates in NAFTA Public Meeting

Sep 15, 1998

    OTTAWA, Ontario, Sept. 15 /PRNewswire/ -- Dana Corporation (NYSE: DCN), a
leading global supplier of vehicular components, participated Monday in a
public meeting held by the Canadian National Administrative Office (NAO).  The
NAO was established under the North American Agreement on Labor Cooperation
(NAALC), a side-agreement to NAFTA, to ensure consultation and cooperation at
a federal level among NAFTA members on labor legislation matters.
    The meeting concerned a petition submitted to the NAO by the Canadian
Office of the United Steelworkers of America and over 40 concerned
organizations from three NAFTA countries.  The petitioners requested a review
by the Canadian NAO of the enforcement of Mexican labor legislation.  The
allegations relate to occupational safety and health issues and conduct
surrounding a union election at an Echlin plant in Mexico.  Dana Corporation
acquired Echlin in July of 1998, after the Canadian NAO process was initiated.
    In the short time since the acquisition, Dana has conducted a thorough
review of the petition's allegations, through an internal task force and
external independent consultants.  The review uncovered many facts that
contradict the allegations, particularly as these relate to health and safety
considerations.
    The NAO proceedings ensure that the parties to NAFTA respect and enforce
their respective labor laws.  Dana is participating in the public meetings and
related processes to provide the results of its internal and independent
investigations and to provide any assistance required to the process.  Further
meetings on the petition are anticipated in the near future and Dana expects
to present further information to assist the Canadian NAO.
    Dana Corporation enjoys an excellent international reputation, and is
committed to meeting the highest standards of occupational health and safety
and upholding the labor regulations of the countries in which it operates.
    "We maintain a commitment to the health and safety of our employees in all
our facilities around the world," said Paul Teeple, Dana Canada's Vice
President of Human Resources.  "Dana is recognized as an outstanding employer
and corporate citizen and we will live by that reputation."
    One of the world's largest independent suppliers to vehicular, off-
highway, and industrial manufacturers and their related aftermarkets, Dana
Corporation produces components used on more than 95 percent of the world's
650 million motor vehicles.  Founded in 1904 and based in Toledo, Ohio, the
company operates 270 major facilities in 33 countries and employs more than
79,000 people.  The company had pro forma sales of US $11.9 billion in 1997.
In Canada, Dana currently owns and operates 39 facilities, including those of
the recently acquired Echlin Inc., employing more than 5,000 Canadians.
Dana's Internet address is http://www.dana.com.


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